Stevia – Nature’s Sugar

Recent research took a look at the effects of the sweetener Stevia on diabetic rats.  Extract of Stevia leaves was administered orally for 10 days.

The treatment produced a delayed but significant decrease in the blood glucose level, without producing hypoglycemia.  The rats also demonstrated a loss in body weight.

According to the study, as reprinted on the website Green Med Info:

“Treatment of diabetes with sulfonylurea drugs (glibenclamide) causes hypoglycemia followed by greater reduction in body weight, which are the most worrisome effects of these drugs. Stevia extract was found to [have] … a revitalizing effect on β-cells of pancreas.”


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